Mexico, as it was and as it is/Appendix 4

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Mexico, as it was and as it is  (1847)  by Brantz Mayer
APPENDIX NO. 4.

APPENDIX

No. 4.


LIST OF PRICES,

OF RENTS, PROVISIONS, ETC., TO HOUSEKEPPERS IN THE CITY OF MEXICO


MEATS.
Beef, 12½ cents per 20 oz.
Mutton, 12½ " 18 "
Hams, 50 " lb.
Ducks, 37½ " pair.
Turkeys, $1 50 " each.
Fowls, 50 "  "
Pigeons, 25 " pair.
 

 
FISH.
Pescao-blanco, from the lake, 62½ cents per lb.
 
VEGETABLES, TEA, COFFEE, ETC.
Onions, 12½ cents per dozen
Artichokes, 25 " "
Cauliflowers, 12½ " each (small)
Cabbages, 12½ to 25 cents each.
Peas, 25 cents per pint
Corn, $5 to $6 per cargo of 400 lbs.
Barley, $3 " "
Rice, 12½ cents per lb.
Radishes,   " 2½ dozen
Potatoes, 12½ " quart
Beans (frigoles) 12½ " "
Chilé peppers, 31½ " lb.
Tomatoes, 12½ " dozen.
Bread,  6½ cents for four small
loaves, 16 ounces in all.
Biscuits,   cents per 16 oz.
Chocolate, 50 " lb.
Tea, $2 to $3 per lb.
Coffee, 24 to 37½ cents per lb.
Sugar (refined) 18½ cents per lb.
Sugar (white) 12½ " "
 

 
FRUITS.
Pines, 12½ cents each.
Chirimoyas,  6½ to 12½ cents each.
Peaches,   cents for four.
Oranges,   " six.
Plantains,   " four.
Grapes, 25 " lb.
Walnuts,   " forty.
Melons,  6½ to 12½ cents each.
Avocates,   cents for four.
Apples, 12½ " dozen.
Tunas,   " "
Lemons,   " "
Guayavas,   " eight.
Granaditas,   " four.
 

 
DRINKS.
Milk,   cents per quart.
Pulqué,   " three quarts.
Water,   " barrel.
Aguardiente, 18½ " quart.
Mescal, 25 " "
Chicha,   " three pints.
Orgeat,   " quart.
Agua de chia.   " "
 

 
FUEL.
Charcoal,  6½ cents for six lbs.
 

 
SERVANTS.
Cook, $4 to $6 per month.
Coachman, 15 to 20 "
Waiter, 15 "
Housekeeper,  8 to 10 "
Chambermaid,  3 to  4 "
Scullion,  3 to  4 "
 

 
RENTS.

They vary according to situation, but they are very high throughout the Capital; $500—$2500; and even higher rates are given for the very best.